18th January: Frank Zappa joins Southbank Festival, Success for Spotify and Chin Rest Crowdfunds

Friday 18th January 2013

The Guardian

The Rest is Noise: here comes the 20th century

Gillian Moore, head of classical music at London’s Southbank Centre, introduces the first instalment of the year-long festival – and the work of Strauss, Mahler and Schoenberg

YouTube owner Google poised to take stake in Vevo

Deal thought to be worth about £42m for stake of close to 10% in music video website founded by Universal and Sony

The Economist

The Q&A: Alex Ross: Make some noise

Some sage once quipped that writing about music is about as edifying—and evocative—as dancing about architecture. Certainly most music criticism has a lifeless quality, packed with adjectives yet tuneless on the page.

Classic FM

Antonio Pappano receives Distinguished Musician Award

Previous recipients of the award, presented by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, include Pierre Boulez, Jacqueline du Pré, and Simon Rattle.

The Strad

Violinist crowdfunds chin rest 

Project to manufacture multi-adjustable model raises nearly $25,000 on Kickstarter

BBC News

Frank Zappa score joins The Rest is Noise classical festival 

A controversial orchestral film score by music legend Frank Zappa is to have its UK premiere as part of a major celebration of modern classical music.

Music Week

Sweden: Record sales rise again in 2012

Overall recorded music sales in Sweden in 2012 showed an increase of 14%, with 90% of all digital income coming from streaming services

Elizabeth Sobol appointed President and CEO of Decca USA

Universal Music Group International have appointed Elizabeth Sobol as president and CEO of the Decca Label Group, USA.

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The Strad